Close encounters of a wetter kind at schools rugby fest

2011-04-05 00:00

THE second day of the Skonk Nicholson Festival at Maritzburg College started in cool conditions in contrast to Saturday.

Despite the weather and the softer fields after Sunday’s rain, there were almost double the number of injuries handled by the first aid room.

There are four sides unbeaten in the U16 age group after two matches, Kempton Park, King Edwards, Maritzburg College and Westville.

In the U15 group the unbeaten teams are KES, Maritzburg College and Westville. At U14 level Grey College, Michaelhouse, Menlopark, Kempton Park, Nelspruit and EG Jansen are all unbeaten.

Both Michaelhouse and Grey College have scored over 100 points in their two matches.

Kempton Park U16 started off the day of a number of close encounters with a narrow 8-5 win against Nelspruit. At the same time Westville U14, who had taken 60 points against Grey College on Saturday, battled to beat Jeppe 12-10 where both teams scored two tries. Westville U16 had a tough battle against Pretoria Boys’, winning 7-5 with just a conversion separating them.

Middelburg U16 showed a lot of guts against a heavier KES team, where no points were scored during the first half. In the second period KES scored a converted try only for Middelburg to do the same a short while later. The score remained at seven all until about five minutes from the end when KES got over for the second try and a narrow 12-7 win.

The U14 match between EG Jansen and Hudson Park was also a nail biter. The teams changed at half time having both scored an unconverted try. Jansen scored first in the second half to be matched by the East Londoners and then EG Jansen scored again to lead 15-10. In the final move of the game Hudson Park came close to dotting down but EG Jansen managed to prevent the try for the Boksburg side to win 15-10. Maritzburg College U14 was another that lost by a conversion when Kempton Park beat them 14-12.

Trinityhouse U14 outclassed the Benoni second stringers 79-0.

In the final game on Goldstones the Maritzburg College U16 went ahead 19-0 in the first half, but Hudson Park tightened their game to match College’s try in the second half. College won 24-5.

RESULTS FROM DAY 2

U16: Kempton Park 8 Nelspruit 5; Menlopark 41 Midlands Dev 12; Westville 7 Pretoria BHS 5; Hilton 25 Trinityhouse 12; Kearsney 39 Benoni 0; KES 12 Middelburg 7; M College 24 Hudson Park 5. U15: Westville 41 Benoni 0; M College 35 Hudson Park 3; Trinityhouse 79 Benoni XV 0; KES 38 Midlands Dev 0. U14: Westville 12 Jeppe 10; M College XV 37 Benoni 12; Menlopark 34 KES 0; Kempton Park 14 M College 12; EG Jansen 15 Hudson Park 10; Michaelhouse 61 Trinityhouse 3; Nelspruit 35 Kearsney 7; Grey College 53 Middelburg 3.

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